Dining & Nightlife
The concept of restaurants began here about 220 years ago. Today you can find thousands of beautiful restaurants with well-planned menus offering traditional fare or a creative mix of French and exotic foreign cuisines.Even the budget conscious can find hundreds of traditional bistros offering a choice of fairly simple meals for reasonable prices. But one must research well and avoid tourist traps found near main attractions. For great food you must go eat where the locals eat.
Each of Paris' 20 arrondissements has its own fair share of bars, cafés, taverns, but there are a some areas where various aspects of nightlife are concentrated, like Bastille, Canal St Martin, Marais, Quartier Latin, Rue Mouffetard, Châtelet, Montmartre, and Saint Germain des Prés. The latter is home to two of the most famous cafés in the world: Café de Flore and Les Deux Magots. The adult cabarets Divan du Monde and Moulin Rouge, world-famous for its traditional French Can-Can, are both located in Pigalle, well known for being a touristic red-light district. Here is a short list of nightclubs in Paris well worth a visit: Folies Pigalle, Rex Club, Cabaret, Maison Blanche, and le Baron. Remember when going out to dress the part, the better you look the most likely you will get past the bouncers.
Paris is of course one of the great fashion Meccas of the world, making it a great place to do clothes shopping. For the high end, the area around Place Vendome is known for its jewellery shops. Rue de Rivoli from Louvre to Place de la Concorde has a number of sophisticated shops. And of course you shouldn't miss Gallerie Lafayette and Le Printemps. Le Marais is very nice and trendy too.
At the foot of Montparnasse Tower on Sundays is the Paris Art Market, an open-air gallery. Paris has 3 main flea-markets, located on the outskirts of the central city. The most famous of these is the Marché aux Puces de St-Ouen, in the 18th, a haven for lovers of antiques, second-hand goods and retro fashion. Also not to be missed are the many cheese shops, wine shops and perfume or cosmetic boutiques. The list of shopping destinations is long. The best advice is to go into the inspiring shops you come across as you walk in the city.
Flying time from:
Toronto: Approximately 7 hours and 30 minutes.
Montreal: Approximately 7 hours.
Calgary: Approximately 9 hours.
Vancouver: Approximately 10 hours.
Languages: French but most people in the tourist industry will speak English.
Climate: Paris is rather temperate and rarely sees extremely high or low temperatures. The average yearly high temperature is about 15° C and yearly low tend to remain around an average of 7° C.
Electricity: 220 volts AC, 50Hz; round two-pin plugs are standard.
A passport is mandatory for Canadian Citizens, although no visa is required. For other countries, please check the FrenchTourist Office to get a complete list and other details.
Notes: Tourist Office - The Paris Convention and Visitors Bureau (www.parisinfo.com) has several offices: les Pyramides, Gare de Lyon, Gare du Nord, Anvers, Porte de Versailles, Carrousel du Louvre, Montmartre.